Museum of Army Flying opens World War I exhibition


The Museum of Army Flying is showcasing an exhibition entitled The Last Post: Remembering the First World War.

The exhibits explore World War I communications, the Post Office and its impact on war and home fronts.

Items on display include postcards from air mechanic Jack Cooper, who was based in France in 1916 and 1917, to his wife.

There is also a postcard commissioned by Harry Joyce, father of second lieutenant Philip Joyce of 60 Squadron.

The 20-year-old airman, from Edgbaston in Birmingham, was last seen flying over Bapaume in a Nieuport Scout at 11am on 6 March 1917.

The postcard, containing an image of 2/Lt Joyce, features appeals in English, French and German for information on his whereabouts.

Unfortunately, he was never found and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial in France.

Curator Susan Lindsay told the BBC: ‘We have been able to pick out things that really fit this particular topic. It’s a great opportunity for us to give a window on people’s lives at the time.’

The exhibition runs at the museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, until 27 September.

To read the original BBC story, click here.

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